ZooLights returns with new drive- through experience

ZooLights returns with new drive- through experience

A lot will be different this holiday season, but one Northwest tradition is still a go: ZooLights, presented by U.S. Bank, runs through January 10th at the Oregon Zoo, showcasing a winter wonderland of more than 1.5 million brightly colored lights.

And this year, there’s a new way to illuminate the season: Visitors can explore the ZooLights magic with a new drive-through experience.

“Everything’s been a little different in 2020, and ZooLights is no exception,” zoo events manager Nikki Simmons said. “Like most of this community, our biggest concern right now is protecting everyone’s health and safety. We’re just thankful we could come up a good way for the community to enjoy this holiday tradition.”

To help ensure a safe experience for all, the following measures will be in place during this year’s ZooLights:

Timed ticketing/limited attendance:

All guests, including members, must reserve their ZooLights tickets in advance via the zoo website. Tickets are only available up to one week in advance of the visit date.

Masks/face coverings:

Drive-through guests do not need to wear masks while enjoying the lights from inside their vehicle. Masks are required, however, during check-in and other interactions with ZooLights staff.

As part of the Metro family, the Oregon Zoo helps make greater Portland a great place to call home. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Oregon silverspot butterflies, Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, western pond turtles and northern leopard frogs.

The Oregon Zoo Foundation is leading efforts to fund critical needs of the zoo during its reduced-capacity operations. To contribute, go to oregonzoo.org/donate. Members, donors and corporate and foundation partners help the zoo make a difference across the region and around the world.

For more information, visit oregonzoo.org/zoolights.